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E V I L L 


B orn in Barbados, West In- 
dies, Neville was the fourth 
son in a family of nine boys and 

one girl. At age seventeen, he came to the United States to study 
drama. In 1932 he gave up the theater entirely to devote 
his attention to his studies in mysticism. He began his lecture career 
in New York City, and travelled throughout the country, 
eventually establishing his home in Los Angeles. In the late 
1950's he gave a series of talks on television, and for 
many years he lectured regularly, to capacity audiences, 
at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. 

His ten books, written over a period of some thirty 

years, deal with crea- 
tive visualization and 
the transformation of 

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Awakened Imagination 

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“Imagination, the real and eternal world 
of which this Vegetable Universe is but a 
faint shadow. What is the life of Man but 
Art and Science?” 

William Blake , Jerusalem 

“Imagination is more important than 
knowledge. ” 

Albert Einstein, On Science 

Chapter One 


I rest not from my great task 
To open the Eternal Worlds, to open 
the immortal Eyes 
Of Man inwards into the Worlds of 
Thought: into Eternity 
Ever expanding in the Bosom of 
God, the Human Imagination. 

Blake, Jerusalem 5:18-20 

C ertain words in the course of long use gather 
so many strange connotations that they almost 
cease to mean anything at all. Such a word is 
imagination. This word is made to serve all man- 
ner of ideas, some of them directly opposed to one 
another. Fancy, thought, hallucination, suspicion : 
indeed, so wide is its use and so varied its meanings, 
the word imagination has no status nor fixed sig- 
nificance. For example, we ask a man to “use his 
imagination,” meaning that his present outlook is 
too restricted and therefore not equal to the task. 


Awakened Imagination 

Who Is Your Imagination? 


In the next breath we tell him that his ideas are 
pure imagination,” thereby implying that his ideas 
are unsound. We speak of a jealous or suspicious 
person as a “victim of his own imagination,” mean- 
ing that his thoughts are untrue. A minute later we 
pay a man the highest tribute by describing him as 
a man of imagination. Thus the word imagina- 
tion has no definite meaning. Even the dictionary 
gives us no help. It defines imagination as (1) the 
picturing power or act of the mind, the construc- 
tive or creative principle; (2) a phantasm; (3) an 
irrational notion or belief; (4) planning, plotting or 
scheming as involving mental construction. 

I identify the central figure of the Gospels with 
human imagination, the power which makes the 
forgiveness of sins, the achievement of our goals, 

All things were made by him; and without 
him was not anything made that was 

John 1:3 

There is only one thing in the world, Imagina- 
tion, and all our deformations of it. 

He is despised and rejected of men; a man 
of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. 

Isaiah 53:3 

Imagination is the very gateway of reality. 
“Man,” said Blake, “is either the ark of God or a 
phantom of the earth and of the water.” “Natur- 
ally he is only a natural organ subject to Sense.” 
“The Eternal Body of Man is The Imagination: 
that is God himself, The Divine Body. VW': Jesus: 
we are his Members.” 

I know of no greater and truer definition of the 
Imagination than that of Blake. By imagination we 
have the power to be anything we desire to be. 
Through imagination we disarm and transform the 
violence of the world. Our most intimate as well as 
our most casual relationships become imaginative 
as we awaken to “the mystery hid from the ages,” 
that Christ in us is our imagination. We then real- 
ize that only as we live by imagination can we truly 
be said to live at all. 

I want this book to be the simplest, clearest, 
frankest work I have the power to make it, that I 
may encourage you to function imaginatively, that 
you may open your “Immortal Eyes inwards into 
the Worlds of Thought,” where you behold every 
desire of your heart as ripe grain “white already to 

I am come that they might have life, and 
that they might have it more abundantly. 

John 10:10 


Awakened Imagination 

Who Is Your Imagination? 


The abundant life that Christ promised us is ours 
to experience now, but not until we have the sense 
of Christ as our imagination can we experience it. 

The mystery hid from the ages. . . . Christ 
in you, the hope of glory. 

Colossians 1:26, 27 

is your imagination. This is the mystery which I am 
ever striving to realize more keenly myself and to 
urge upon others. 

Imagination is our redeemer, “the Lord from 
Heaven” born of man but not begotten of man. 

Every man is Mary and birth to Christ must give. 
If the story of the immaculate conception* and 
birth of Christ appears irrational to man, it is only 
because it is misread as biography, history, and cos- 
mology, and the modern explorers of the imagina- 
tion do not help by calling It the unconscious or 
subconscious mind. Imagination’s birth and growth 
is the gradual transition from a God of tradition to 
a God of experience. If the birth of Christ in man 
seems slow, it is only because man is unwilling to let 
go the comfortable but false anchorage of tra- 

* Neville uses this term in reference to what is traditionally 
called the Virgin Birth.— Ed. 

When imagination is discovered as the first prin- 
ciple of religion, the stone of literal understanding 
will have felt the rod of Moses and, like the rock of 
Zin, issue forth the water of psychological meaning 
to quench the thirst of humanity; and all who 
take the proffered cup and live a life according 
to this truth will transform the water of psycholog- 
ical meaning into the wine of forgiveness. Then, 
like the good Samaritan, they will pour it on the 
wounds of all. 

The Son of God is not to be found in history nor 
in any external form. He can only be found as the 
imagination of him in whom His presence becomes 

O would thy heart but be a manger for 
His birth! God would once more become 
a child on earth. 

Man is the garden in which this only-begotten 
Son of God sleeps. He awakens this Son by lifting 
his imagination up to heaven and clothing men in 
godlike stature. We must go on imagining better 
than the best we know. 

Man in the moment of his awakening to the 
imaginative life must meet the test of Sonship. 

“Father, reveal Thy Son in me” 


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“It pleased God to reveal His 
Son in me.” 

Galatians 1:15, 16 

The supreme test of Sonship is the forgiveness of 
sin. The test that your imagination is Christ Jesus, 
the Son of God, is your ability to forgive sin. Sin 
means missing one’s mark in life, falling short of 
one s ideal, failing to achieve one’s aim. Forgiveness 
means identification of man with his ideal or aim 
in life. This is the work of awakened imagination, 
the supreme work, for it tests man’s ability to enter 
into and partake of the nature of his opposite. 

Let the weak man say, I am strong. 

Joel 3:10 

Reasonably this is impossible. Only awakened 
imagination can enter into and partake of the 
nature of its opposite. 

This conception of Christ Jesus as human imagi- 
nation raises these fundamental questions: Is 
imagination a power sufficient, not merely to ena- 
ble me to assume that I am strong, but is it also of 
itself capable of executing the idea? Suppose that 
I desire to be in some other place or situation. 
Could I, by imagining myself into such a state and 
place, bring about their physical realization? Sup- 

Who Is Your Imagination? 


pose I could not afford the journey and suppose my 
present social and financial status oppose the idea 
that I want to realize. Would imagination be suffi- 
cient of itself to incarnate these desires? Does imagi- 
nation comprehend reason? By reason I mean 
deductions from the observations of the senses. 
Does it recognize the external world of facts? In the 
practical way of everyday life is imagination a com- 
plete guide to behaviour? Suppose I am capable of 
acting with continuous imagination, that is, sup- 
pose I am capable of sustaining the feeling of my 
wish fulfilled, will my assumption harden into fact? 
And, if it does harden into fact, shall I on reflec- 
tion find that my actions through the period of 
incubation have been reasonable? Is my imagina- 
tion a power sufficient, not merely to assume the 
feeling of the wish fulfilled, but is it also of itself 
capable of incarnating the idea? After assuming 
that I am already what I want to be, must I con- 
tinually guide myself by reasonable ideas and 
actions in order to bring about the fulfillment of 
my assumption? 

Experience has convinced me that an assump- 
tion, though false, if persisted in will harden into 
fact, that continuous imagination is sufficient for 
all things, and all my reasonable plans and actions 
will never make up for my lack of continuous imag- 


A wakened Imagination 

Who Is Your Imagination? 


Is it not true that the teachings of the Gospels 
can only be received in terms of faith and that the 
Son of God is constantly looking for signs of faith 
in people — that is, faith in their own imagination? 
Is not the promise 

Believe that ye receive and ye shall re- 

Mark 11:24 

the same as “Imagine that you are and you shall 
be”? Was it not an imaginary state in which Moses 

Endured, as seeing him who is invisible? 

Hebrews 11:27 

Was it not by the power of his own imagination 
that he endured? 

Truth depends upon the intensity of the imagi- 
nation, not upon external facts. Facts are the fruit 
bearing witness of the use or misuse of the imagi- 
nation. Man becomes what he imagines. He has a 
self-determined history. Imagination is the way, the 
truth, the life revealed. We cannot get hold of truth 
with the logical mind. Where the natural man of 
sense sees a bud, imagination sees a rose full-blown. 
Truth cannot be encompassed by facts. As we 
awaken to the imaginative life, we discover that to 

imagine a thing is so makes it so, that a true judg- 
ment need not conform to the external reality to 
which it relates. 

The imaginative man does not deny the reality 
of the sensuous outer world of Becoming, but he 
knows that it is the inner world of continuous 
Imagination that is the force by which the sensuous 
outer world of Becoming is brought to pass. He sees 
the outer world and all its happenings as projec- 
tions of the inner world of Imagination. To him 
everything is a manifestation of the mental activity 
which goes on in man’s imagination without the 
sensuous reasonable man being aware of it. But he 
realizes that every man must become conscious of 
this inner activity and see the relationship between 
the inner causal world of imagination and the sen- 
suous outer world of effects. 

It is a marvelous thing to find that you can 
imagine yourself into the state of your fulfilled 
desire and escape from the jails which ignorance 

The Real Man is a Magnificent Imagination. 

It is this self that must be awakened. 

Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from 
the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 

Ephesians 5:14 


Awakened Imagination 

The moment man discovers that his imagination is 
Christ, he accomplishes acts which on this level can 
only be called miraculous. But until man has the 
sense of Christ as his imagination 

You did not choose me, I have chosen you. 

John 15:16 

he will see everything in pure objectivity without 
any subjective relationship. Not realizing that all 
that he encounters is part of himself, he rebels at 
the thought that he has chosen the conditions of his 
life, that they are related by affinity to his own 
mental activity. Man must firmly come to believe 
that reality lies within him and not without. 

Although others have bodies, a life of their own, 
their reality is rooted in you, ends in you, as yours 
ends in God. 

Chapter Two 


The first power that meets us at the 
threshold of the soul’s domain is the power 
of imagination. 

Dr. Franz Hartmann 

I was first made conscious of the power, nature, 
and redemptive function of imagination 
through the teachings of my friend Abdullah; and 
through subsequent experiences I learned that Jesus 
was a symbol of the coming of imagination to man, 
that the test of His birth in man was the individual’s 
ability to forgive sin; that is, his ability to identify 
himself or another with his aim in life. 

Without the identification of man with his aim, 
the forgiveness of sin is an impossibility, and only 
the Son of God can forgive sin. Therefore man’s 
ability to identify himself with his aim, though rea- 
son and his senses deny it, is proof of the birth of 
Christ in him. To passively surrender to appear- 


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Sealed Instructions 


ances and bow before the evidence of facts is to 
confess that Christ is not yet born in you. 

Although this teaching shocked and repelled me 
at first — for I was a convinced and earnest Chris- 
tian, and did not then know that Christianity could 
not be inherited by the mere accident of birth but 
must be consciously adopted as a way of life — it 
stole later on, through visions, mystical revelations, 
and practical experiences, into my understanding 
and found its interpretation in a deeper mood. But 
I must confess that it is a trying time when those 
things are shaken which one has always taken for 

Seest thou these great buildings? There 
shall not be left one stone upon another 
that shall not be thrown down. 

Mark 13:2 

Not one stone of literal understanding will be left 
after one drinks the water of psychological mean- 
ing. All that has been built up by natural religion 
is cast into the flames of mental fire. Yet, what bet- 
ter way is there to understand Christ Jesus than to 
identify the central character of the Gospels with 
human imagination — knowing that every time you 
exercise your imagination lovingly on behalf of 
another you are literally mediating God to man 

and thereby feeding and clothing Christ Jesus, and 
that whenever you imagine evil against another you 
are literally beating and crucifying Christ Jesus — ? 
Every imagination of man is either the cup of cold 
water or the sponge of vinegar to the parched lips 
of Christ. 

Let none of you imagine evil in your 
hearts against his neighbor 

warned the prophet Zechariah. When man heeds 
this advice, he will awake from the imposed sleep 
of Adam into the full consciousness of the Son of 
God. He is in the world, and the world is made 
by him, and the world knows him not: Human 

I asked myself many times, “If my imagination 
is Christ Jesus and all things are possible to Christ 
Jesus, are all things possible to me?” 

Through experience I have come to know that 
when I identify myself with my aim in life, then 
Christ is awake in me. 

Christ is sufficient for all things. 

I lay down my life that I might take it 
again. No man taketh it from me, but I 
lay it down of myself. 

John 10:17, 18 

14 Awakened Imagination 

What a comfort it is to know that all that I 
experience is the result of my own standard of 
beliefs; that I am the center of my own web of cir- 
cumstances and that as I change, so must my outer 

The world presents different appearances ac- 
cording as our states of consciousness differ. What 
we see when we are identified with a state cannot 
be seen when we are no longer fused with it. By 
state is meant all that man believes and consents to 
as true. No idea presented to the mind can realize 
itself unless the mind accepts it. It depends on the 
acceptance, the state with which we are identified, 
how things present themselves. In the fusion of 
imagination and states is to be found the shaping 
of the world as it seems. The world is a revelation 
of the states with which imagination is fused. It is 
the state from which we think that determines the 
objective world in which we live. The rich man, the 
poor man, the good man, the thief are what they 
are by virtue of the states from which they view the 
world. On the distinction between these states 
depends the distinction between the worlds of these 
men. Individually so different is this same world. 
It is not the actions and behaviour of the good man 
that should be matched but his point of view. 
Outer reforms are useless if the inner state is not 
changed. Success is gained not by imitating the 

Sealed Instructions 15 

outer actions of the successful but by right inner 
actions and inner talking. 

If we detach ourselves from a state, and we may 
at any moment, the conditions and circumstances 
to which that union gave being vanish. 

It was in the fall of 1933 in New York City that 
I approached Abdullah with a problem. He asked 
me one simple question, “What do you want?” I 
told him that I would like to spend the winter in 
Barbados, but that I was broke. I literally did not 
have a nickel. 

“If you will imagine yourself to be in Barbados,” 
said he, “thinking and viewing the world from that 
state of consciousness instead of thinking of Bar- 
bados, you will spend the winter there. You must 
not concern yourself with the ways and means of 
getting there, for the state of consciousness of 
already being in Barbados, if occupied by your 
imagination, will devise the means best suited to 
realize itself.” 

Man lives by committing himself to invisible 
states, by fusing his imagination with what he 
knows to be other than himself, and in this union 
he experiences the results of that fusion. No one 
can lose what he has save by detachment from the 
state where the things experienced have their nat- 
ural life. 

“You must imagine yourself right into the state 


Awakened Imagination 

Sealed Instructions 


of your fulfilled desire,” Abdullah told me, “and 
fall asleep viewing the world from Barbados.” 
The world which we describe from observation 
must be as we describe it relative to ourselves. Our 
imagination connects us with the state desired. But 
we must use imagination masterfully, not as an 
onlooker thinking of the end, but as a partaker 
thinking /row the end. We must actually be there 
in imagination. If we do this, our subjective ex- 
perience will be realized objectively. 

“This is not mere fancy,” said he, “but a truth 
you can prove by experience.” 

His appeal to enter into the wish fulfilled was the 
secret of thinking from the end. Every state is 
already there as “mere possibility” as long as you 
think of it, but is overpoweringly real when you 
think from it. Thinking from the end is the way of 

I began right there and then fixing my thoughts 
beyond the limits of sense, beyond that aspect to 
which my present state gave being, towards the 
feeling of already being in Barbados and viewing 
the world from that standpoint. 

He emphasized the importance of the state from 
which man views the world as he falls asleep. All 
prophets claim that the voice of God is chiefly 
heard by man in dreams. 

In a dream, in a vision of the night, when 
deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumber - 
ings upon the bed; then he openeth the 
ears of men, and sealeth their instruction. 

Job 33:15, 16 

That night and for several nights thereafter I fell 
asleep in the assumption that I was in my father’s 
house in Barbados. Within a month I received a 
letter from my brother saying that he had a strong 
desire to have the family together at Christmas and 
asking me to use the enclosed steamship ticket for 
Barbados. I sailed two days after I received my 
brother’s letter and spent a wonderful winter in 

This experience has convinced me that man can 
be anything he pleases if he will make the concep- 
tion habitual and think from the end. It has also 
shown me that I can no longer excuse myself by 
placing the blame on the world of external things 
— that my good and my evil have no dependency 
except from myself— that it depends on the state 
from which I view the world how things present 

Man, who is free in his choice, acts from concep- 
tions which he freely, though not always wisely, 
chooses. All conceivable states are awaiting our 


18 Awakened Imagination 

choice and occupancy, but no amount of ration- 
alizing will of itself yield us the state of conscious- 
ness which is the only thing worth having. 

The imaginative image is the only thing to seek. 

The ultimate purpose of imagination is to create 
in us “the spirit of Jesus,” which is continual for- 
giveness of sin, continual identification of man with 
his ideal. Only by identifying ourselves with our 
aim can we forgive ourselves for having missed it. 
All else is labor in vain. On this path, to whatever 
place or state we convey our imagination, to that 
place or state we will gravitate physically also. 

In my Father’s house are many mansions; 
if it were not so, I would have told you. I 
go to prepare a place for you. And if I go 
and prepare a place for you, I will come 
again, and receive you unto myself; that 
where I am there ye may be also. 

John 14:2, 3 

By sleeping in my father’s house in my imagination 
as though I slept there in the flesh, I fused my 
imagination with that state and was compelled to 
experience that state in the flesh also. 

So vivid was this state to me, I could have been 
seen in my father’s house had any sensitive entered 

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the room where in imagination I was sleeping. A 
man can be seen where in imagination he is, for a 
man must be where his imagination is, for his 
imagination is himself. This I know from experi- 
ence, for I have been seen by a few to whom I 
desired to be seen, when physically I was hundreds 
of miles away. 

I, by the intensity of my imagination and feeling, 
imagining and feeling myself to be in Barbados 
instead of merely thinking of Barbados, had 
spanned the vast Atlantic to influence my brother 
into desiring my presence to complete the family 
circle at Christmas. Thinking/rom the end, from 
the feeling of my wish fulfilled, was the source of 
everything that happened as outer cause, such as 
my brother’s impulse to send me a steamship ticket; 
and it was also the cause of everything that ap- 
peared as results. 

In Ideas of Good and Evil, W. B. Yeats, having 
described a few experiences similar to this experi- 
ence of mine, writes: 

If all who have described events like this 
have not dreamed, we should rewrite our 
histories, for all men, certainly all imagi- 
native men, must be forever casting forth 
enchantments, glamour, illusions; and all 


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men, especially tranquil men who have no 
powerful egotistic life, must be continually 
passing under their power. 

Determined imagination, thinking/rom the end, 
is the beginning of all miracles. 

I would like to give you an immense belief in 
miracles, but a miracle is only the name given by 
those who have no knowledge of the power and 
function of imagination to the works of imagina- 
tion. Imagining oneself into the feeling of the wish 
fulfilled is the means by which a new state is 
entered. This gives the state the quality of is-ness. 
Hermes tells us: 

That which is, is manifested; that which 
has been or shall be, is unmanifested, but 
not dead; for Soul, the eternal activity of 
God, animates all things. 

The future must become the present in the imag- 
ination of the one who would wisely and consciously 
create circumstances. We must translate vision into 
Being, thinking of into thinking/rom. Imagination 
must center itself in some state and view the world 
from that state. Thinking/rom the end is an in- 
tense perception of the world of fulfilled desire. 
Thinking/rom the state desired is creative living. 

Sealed Instructions 


Ignorance of this ability to think from the end is 
bondage. It is the root of all bondage with which 
man is bound. To passively surrender to the evi- 
dence of the senses underestimates the capacities of 
the Inner Self. Once man accepts thinking/rom the 
end as a creative principle in which he can cooper- 
ate, then he is redeemed from the absurdity of ever 
attempting to achieve his objective by merely think- 
ing of it. 

Construct all ends according to the pattern of 
fulfilled desire. 

The whole of life is just the appeasement of hun- 
ger, and the infinite states of consciousness from 
which a man can view the world are purely a means 
of satisfying that hunger. The principle upon which 
each state is organized is some form of hunger to lift 
the passion for self-gratification to ever higher and 
higher levels of experience. Desire is the mainspring 
of the mental machinery. It is a blessed thing. It is 
a right and natural craving which has a state of 
consciousness as its right and natural satisfaction. 

But one thing I do, forgetting the things 
which are behind, and stretching forward 
to the things which are before, I press on 
toward the goal. 

Philippians 3:13, 14 


Awakened Imagination 

Sealed Instructions 


It is necessary to have an aim in life. Without an 
aim we drift. “What wantest thou of me?” is the 
implied question asked most often by the central 
figure of the Gospels. In defining your aim, you 
must want it. 

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, 
so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 

Psalms 42:1 

It is lack of this passionate direction to life that 
makes man fail of accomplishment. 

The spanning of the bridge between desire — 
thinking of— and satisfaction — thinking/rom — is 
all-important. We must move mentally from think- 
ing of the end to thinking/rom the end. This, rea- 
son could never do. By its nature it is restricted to 
the evidence of the senses; but imagination, having 
no such limitation, can. Desire exists to be gratified 
in the activity of imagination. Through imagina- 
tion man escapes from the limitation of the senses 
and the bondage of reason. 

There is no stopping the man who can think 
from the end. Nothing can stop him. He creates the 
means and grows his way out of limitation into ever 
greater and greater mansions of the Lord. It does 
not matter what he has been or what he is. All that 
matters is “what does he want?” He knows that the 

world is a manifestation of the mental activity 
which goes on within himself, so he strives to deter- 
mine and control the ends from which he thinks. In 
his imagination he dwells in the end, confident that 
he shall dwell there in the flesh also. He puts his 
whole trust in the feeling of the wish fulfilled and 
lives by committing himself to that state, for the art 
of fortune is to tempt him so to do. Like the man 
at the pool of Bethesda, he is ready for the moving 
of the waters of imagination. Knowing that every 
desire is ripe grain to him who knows how to think 
from the end, he is indifferent to mere reasonable 
probability and confident that through continuous 
imagination his assumptions will harden into fact. 

But how to persuade men everywhere that think- 
ingfrom the end is the only living, how to foster it 
in every activity of man, how to reveal it as the 
plenitude of life and not the compensation of the 
disappointed: that is the problem. 

Life is a controllable thing. You can experience 
what you please once you realize that you are His 
Son, and that you are what you are by virtue of the 
state of consciousness from which you think and 
view the world, 

Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I 
have is thine. 

Luke 15:31 

Chapter Three 


And the children struggled within her 
. . . and the Lord said unto her, two 
nations are in thy womb, and two manner 
of people shall be separated from thy 
bowels; and the one people shall be 
stronger than the other people; and the 
elder shall serve the younger. 

Genesis 25:22-23 

D uality is an inherent condition of life. Every- 
thing that exists is double. Man is a dual crea- 
ture with contrary principles embedded in his 
nature. They war within him and present attitudes 
to life which are antagonistic. This conflict is the 
eternal enterprise, the war in heaven, the never- 
ending struggle of the younger or inner man of 
imagination to assert His supremacy over the elder 
or outer man of sense. 


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The first shall be last and the last shall be 

first- , , _ 0 „ 

Matthew 19:30 

He it is, who coming after me is preferred 
bef ° reme ' John 1:27 

The second man is the Lord from heaven. 

1 Cor. 15:47 

Man begins to awake to the imaginative life the 
moment he feels the presence of another being in 

In your limbs lie nations twain, rival races 
from their birth; one the mastery shall 
gain, the younger o’er the elder reign. 

There are two distinct centers of thought or out- 
looks on the world possessed by every man. The 
Bible speaks of these two outlooks as natural and 

The natural man receiveth not the things 
of the spirit of God: for they are foolish- 
ness unto him: neither can he know them, 
because they are spiritually discerned. 

1 Corinthians 2:14 

Highways of the Inner World 


Man’s inner body is as real in the world of sub- 
jective experience as his outer physical body is real 
in the world of external realities, but the inner body 
expresses a more fundamental part of reality. This 
existing inner body of man must be consciously 
exercised and directed. The inner world of thought 
and feeling to which the inner body is attuned has 
its real structure and exists in its own higher space. 

There are two kinds of movement, one that is 
according to the inner body and another that is 
according to the outer body. The movement which 
is according to the inner body is causal, but the 
outer movement is under compulsion. The inner 
movement determines the outer which is joined to 
it, bringing into the outer a movement that is simi- 
lar to the actions of the inner body. Inner move- 
ment is the force by which all events are brought to 
pass. Outer movement is subject to the compulsion 
applied to it by the movement of the inner body. 

Whenever the actions of the inner body match 
the actions which the outer must take to appease 
desire, that desire will be realized. 

Construct mentally a drama which implies that 
your desire is realized and make it one which 
involves movement of self. Immobilize your outer 
physical self. Act precisely as though you were 
going to take a nap, and start the predetermined 
action in imagination. A vivid representation of the 


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action is the beginning of that action. Then, as you 
are falling asleep, consciously imagine yourself into 
the scene. The length of the sleep is not important, 
a short nap is sufficient, but carrying the action 
into sleep thickens fancy into fact. 

At first your thoughts may be like rambling 
sheep that have no shepherd. Don’t despair. Should 
your attention stray seventy times seven, bring it 
back seventy times seven to its predetermined 
course until from sheer exhaustion it follows the 
appointed path. The inner journey must never be 
without direction. When you take to the inner 
road, it is to do what you did mentally before you 
started. You go for the prize you have already seen 
and accepted. 

In The Road to Xanadu Professor John Living- 
ston Lowes says: 

But I have long had the feeling, which this 
study had matured to a conviction, that 
Fancy and Imagination are not two pow- 
ers at all, but one. The valid distinction 
which exists between them lies, not in the 
materials with which they operate, but 
in the degree of intensity of the operant 
power itself. Working at high tension, the 
imaginative energy assimilates and trans- 
mutes; keyed low, the same energy aggre- 

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gates and yokes together those images 
which at its highest pitch, it merges in- 
dissolubly into one. 

Fancy assembles, imagination fuses. 

Here is a practical application of this theory. A 
year ago a blind girl living in the city of San Fran- 
cisco found herself confronted with a transporta- 
tion problem. A rerouting of buses forced her to 
make three transfers between her home and her 
office. This lengthened her trip from fifteen 
minutes to two hours and fifteen minutes. She 
thought seriously about this problem and came to 
the decision that a car was the solution. She knew 
that she could not drive a car but felt that she could 
be driven in one. Putting this theory to the test that 
“whenever the actions of the inner self correspond 
to the actions which the outer, physical self must 
take to appease desire, that desire will be realized,” 
she said to herself, “I will sit here and imagine that 
I am being driven to my office.” 

Sitting in her living room, she began to imagine 
herself seated in a car. She felt the rhythm of the 
motor. She imagined that she smelled the odor of 
gasoline, felt the motion of the car, touched the 
sleeve of the driver and felt that the driver was a 
man. She felt the car stop, and turning to her com- 
panion, said, “Thank you very much, sir.” To 




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Highways of the Inner World 

which he replied, “The pleasure is all mine.” Then 
she stepped from the car and heard the door snap 
shut as she closed it. 

She told me that she centered her imagination on 
being in a car and although blind viewed the city 
from her imaginary ride. She did not think of the 
ride. She thought from the ride and all that it 
implied. This controlled and subjectively directed 
purposive ride raised her imagination to its full 
potency. She kept her purpose ever before her, 
knowing there was cohesion in purposive inner 
movement. In these mental journeys an emotional 
continuity must be sustained — the emotion of ful- 
filled desire. Expectancy and desire were so in- 
tensely joined that they passed at once from a 
mental state into a physical act. 

The inner self moves along the predetermined 
course best when the emotions collaborate. The 
inner self must be fired, and it is best fired by the 
thought of great deeds and personal gain. We must 
take pleasure in our actions. 

On two successive days the blind girl took her 
imaginary ride, giving it all the joy and sensory 
vividness of reality. A few hours after her second 
imaginary ride, a friend told her of a story in the 
evening paper. It was a story of a man who was 
interested in the blind. The blind girl phoned him 
and stated her problem. The very next day, on his 

way home, he stopped in at a bar and while there 
had the urge to tell the story of the blind girl to his 
friend the proprietor. A total stranger, on hearing 
the story, volunteered to drive the blind girl home 
every day. The man who told the story then said, 
“If you will take her home, I will take her to work.” 
This was over a year ago, and since that day this 
blind girl has been driven to and from her office by 
these two gentlemen. Now, instead of spending two 
hours and fifteen minutes on three buses, she is at 
her office in less than fifteen minutes. And on that 
first ride to her office she turned to her good 
Samaritan and said, “Thank you very much, sir”; 
and he replied, “The pleasure is all mine.” 

Thus, the objects of her imagination were to her 
the realities of which the physical manifestation was 
only the witness. The determinative animating 
principle was the imaginative ride. Her triumph 
could be a surprise only to those who did not know 
of her inner ride. She mentally viewed the world 
from this imaginative ride with such a clearness of 
vision that every aspect of the city attained identity. 
These inner movements not only produce cor- 
responding outer movements: this is the law which 
operates beneath all physical appearances. He who 
practices these exercises of bilocation will develop 
unusual powers of concentration and quiescence 
and will inevitably achieve waking consciousness on 


Awakened Imagination 

the inner and dimensionally larger world. Actualiz- 
ing strongly, she fulfilled her desire, for, viewing 
the city from the feeling of her wish fulfilled, she 
matched the state desired and granted that to her- 
self which sleeping men ask of God. 

To realize your desire, an action must start in 
your imagination, apart from the evidence of the 
senses, involving movement of self and implying 
fulfillment of your desire. Whenever it is the action 
which the outer self takes to appease desire, that 
desire will be realized. 

The movement of every visible object is caused 
not by things outside the body but by things within 
it which operate from within outward. The journey 
is in yourself. You travel along the highways of the 
inner world. Without inner movement it is impos- 
sible to bring forth anything. Inner action is in- 
troverted sensation. If you will construct mentally 
a drama which implies that you have realized your 
objective, then close your eyes and drop your 
thoughts inward, centering your imagination all 
the while in the predetermined action and partake 
in that action, you will become a self-determined 

Inner action orders all things according to the 
nature of itself. Try it and see whether a desirable 
ideal once formulated is possible, for only by this 

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process of experiment can you realize your poten- 
tialities. It is thus that this creative principle is 
being realized. So the clue to purposive living is to 
center your imagination in the action and feeling 
of fulfilled desire with such awareness, such sensi- 
tiveness, that you initiate and experience move- 
ment upon the inner world. 

Ideas only act if they are felt, if they awaken 
inner movement. Inner movement is conditioned 
by self-motivation, outer movement by compulsion. 

Wherever the sole of your foot shall tread, 
the same give I unto you. 

Joshua 1:3 

and remember 

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is 

Zephaniah 3:17 

Chapter Four 


The second man is the Lord from heaven. 

1 Corinthians 15:47 

Never will he say caterpillars. He’ll say, 
“There’s a lot of butterflies — as — is — 
to-be on our cabbages, Prue.” He won’t 
say, “It’s winter.” He’ll say, “Summer’s 
sleeping.” And there’s no bud little 
enough nor sad-coloured enough for 
Kester not to callen it the beginnings of 
the blow. 

Mary Webb, Precious Bane 

T he very first act of correction or cure is always 
“revise.” One must start with oneself. It is one’s 
attitude that must be changed. 

What we are, that only can we see. 




36 Awakened Imagination 

It is a most healthy and productive exercise to 
daily relive the day as you wish you had lived it, 
revising the scenes to make them conform to your 
ideals. For instance, suppose today’s mail brought 
disappointing news. Revise the letter. Mentally 
rewrite it and make it conform to the news you wish 
you had received. Then, in imagination, read the 
revised letter over and over again. This is the 
essence of revision, and revision results in repeal. 

The one requisite is to arouse your attention in 
a way and to such intensity that you become wholly 
absorbed in the revised action. You will experience 
an expansion and refinement of the senses by this 
imaginative exercise and eventually achieve vision. 
But always remember that the ultimate purpose of 
this exercise is to create in you “the Spirit of Jesus,” 
which is continual forgiveness of sin. 

Revision is of greatest importance when the 
motive is to change oneself, when there is a sincere 
desire to be something different, when the longing 
is to awaken the ideal active spirit of forgiveness. 
Without imagination man remains a being of sin. 
Man either goes forward to imagination or remains 
imprisoned in his senses. To go forward to imagi- 
nation is to forgive. Forgiveness is the life of the 
imagination. The art of living it the art of forgiv- 
ing. Forgiveness is, in fact, experiencing in imagi- 
nation the revised version of the day, experiencing 

The Pruning Shears of Revision 37 

in imagination what you wish you had experienced 
in the flesh. Every time one really forgives — that is, 
every time one relives the event as it should have 
been lived — one is born again. 

“Father forgive them” is not the plea that comes 
once a year but the opportunity that comes every 
day. The idea of forgiving is a daily possibility, and, 
if it is sincerely done, it will lift man to higher and 
higher levels of being. He will experience a daily 
Easter, and Easter is the idea of rising transformed. 
And that should be almost a continuous process. 

Freedom and forgiveness are indissolubly linked. 
Not to forgive is to be at war with ourselves, for we 
are freed according to our capacity to forgive. 

Forgive, and you shall be forgiven. 

Luke 6:37 

Forgive, not merely from a sense of duty or ser- 
vice; forgive because you want to. 

Thy ways are ways of pleasantness and all 
thy paths are peace. 

Proverbs 3:17 

You must take pleasure in revision. You can for- 
give others effectively only when you have a sincere 
desire to identify them with their ideal. Duty has no 


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momentum. Forgiveness is a matter of deliberately 
withdrawing attention from the unrevised day and 
giving it full strength, and joyously, to the revised 
day. If a man begins to revise even a little of the 
vexations and troubles of the day, then he begins 
to work practically on himself. Every revision is a 
victory over himself and therefore a victory over his 

A man’s foes are those of his own house- 

Matthew 10:36 

and his household is his state of mind. He changes 
his future as he revises his day. 

When a man practices the art of forgiveness, of 
revision, however factual the scene on which sight 
then rests, he revises it with his imagination and 
gazes on one never before witnessed. The mag- 
nitude of the change which any act of revision 
involves makes such change appear wholly improb- 
able to the realist — the unimaginative man; but the 
radical changes in the fortunes of the Prodigal were 
all produced by a “change of heart.” 

The battle man fights is fought out in his own 
imagination. The man who does not revise the day 
has lost the vision of that life, into the likeness of 
which it is the true labour of the “Spirit of Jesus” to 
transform this life. 

The Pruning Shears of Revision 


All things whatsoever ye would that men 
should do to you, even so do ye to them: 
for this is the law. 

Matthew 7:12 

Here is the way an artist friend forgave herself 
and was set free from pain, annoyance, and 
unfriendliness. Knowing that nothing but forget- 
fulness and forgiveness will bring us to new values, 
she cast herself upon her imagination and escaped 
from the prison of her senses. She writes: 

“Thursday I taught all day in the art school. 
Only one small thing marred the day. Coming into 
my afternoon classroom I discovered the janitor 
had left all the chairs on top of the desks after 
cleaning the floor. As I lifted a chair down it 
slipped from my grasp and struck me a sharp blow 
on the instep of my right foot. I immediately exa- 
mined my thoughts and found that I had criticized 
the man for not doing his job properly. Since he 
had lost his helper I realized he probably felt he 
had done more than enough and it was an un- 
wanted gift that had bounced and hit me on the 
foot. Looking down at my foot I saw both my skin 
and nylons were intact so forgot the whole thing. 

“That night, after I had been working intensely 
for about three hours on a drawing, I decided to 
make myself a cup of coffee. To my utter amaze- 
ment I couldn’t manage my right foot at all and it 


Awakened Imagination 

The Pruning Shears of Revision 


was giving out great bumps of pain. I hopped over 
to a chair and took off my slipper to look at it. The 
entire foot was a strange purplish pink, swollen out 
of shape and red hot. I tried walking on it and 
found that it just flapped. I had no control over it 
whatsoever. It looked like one of two things: either 
I had cracked a bone when I dropped the chair on 
it or something could be dislocated. 

“ ‘No use speculating what it is. Better get rid of 
it right away.’ So I became quiet, all ready to melt 
myself into light. To my complete bewilderment 
my imagination refused to cooperate. It just said 
‘No.’ This sort of thing often happens when I am 
painting. I just started to argue ‘Why not?’ It just 
kept saying ‘No.’ Finally I gave up and said You 
know I am in pain. I am trying hard not to be 
frightened, but you are the boss. What do you want 
to do?’ The answer: ‘Go to bed and review the day’s 
events.’ So I said ‘All right. But let me tell you if my 
foot isn’t perfect by tomorrow morning you have 
only yourself to blame.’ 

“After arranging the bed clothes so they didn t 
touch my foot I started to review the day. It was 
slow going as I had difficulty keeping my attention 
away from my foot. I went through the whole day, 
saw nothing to add to the chair incident. But when 
I reached the early evening I found myself coming 
face to face with a man who for the past year has 

made a point of not speaking. The first time this 
happened I thought he had grown deaf. I had 
known him since school days, but we had never 
done more than say ‘hello’ and comment on the 
weather. Mutual friends assured me I had done 
nothing, that he had said he never liked me and 
finally decided it was not worthwhile speaking. I 
had said ‘Hi!’ He hadn’t answered. I found that I 
thought ‘Poor guy — what a horrid state to be in. I 
shall do something about this ridiculous state of 
affairs.’ So, in my imagination, I stopped right 
there and re-did the scene. I said ‘Hi!’ He answered 
‘Hi!’ and smiled. I now thought ‘Good old Ed.’ I ran 
the scene over a couple of times and went on to the 
next incident and finished up the day. 

“ ‘Now what — do we do my foot or the concert?’ 
I had been melting and wrapping up a wonderful 
present of courage and success for a friend who was 
to make her debut the following day and I had 
been looking forward to giving it to her tonight. My 
imagination sounded a little bit solemn as it said 
Let us do the concert. It will be more fun.’ ‘But 
first couldn’t we just take my perfectly good imagi- 
nation foot out of this physical one before we start?’ 

I pleaded. ‘By all means.’ 

“That done, I had a lovely time at the concert 
and my friend got a tremendous ovation. 

“By now I was very, very sleepy and fell asleep 


42 Awakened Imagination 

doing my project. The next morning, as I was put- 
ting on my slipper, I suddenly had a quick memory 
picture of withdrawing a discolored and swollen 
foot from the same slipper. I took my foot out and 
looked at it. It was perfectly normal in every 
respect. There was a tiny pink spot on the instep 
where I remembered I had hit it with the chair. 
‘What a vivid dream that was!’ I thought and 
dressed. While waiting for my coffee I wandered 
over to my drafting table and saw that all my 
brushes were lying helter-skelter and unwashed. 
‘Whatever possessed you to leave your brushes like 
that?’ ‘Don’t you remember? It was because of your 
foot.’ So it hadn’t been a dream after all but a 
beautiful healing.” 

She had won by the art of revision what she 
would never have won by force. 

In Heaven the only Art of Living Is For- 
getting & Forgiving Especially to the 


We should take our life, not as it appears to be, 
but from the vision of this artist, from the vision of 
the world made perfect that is buried under all 
minds — buried and waiting for us to revise the day. 

The Pruning Shears of Revision 43 

We are led to believe a lie when we see 
with, not through the eve. 


A revision of the day, and what she held to be so 
stubbornly real was no longer so to her and, like a 
dream, had quietly faded away. 

You can revise the day to please yourself and by 
experiencing in imagination the revised speech and 
actions not only modify the trend of your life story 
but turn all its discords into harmonies. The one 
who discovers the secret of revision cannot do other- 
wise than let himself be guided by love. Your effec- 
tiveness will increase with practice. Revision is the 
way by which right can find its appropriate might. 
“Resist not evil,” for all passionate conflicts result 
in an interchange of characteristics. 

To him that knoweth to do good, and 
doeth it not, to him it is sin. 

James 4:17 

To know the truth you must live the truth, and 
to live the truth your inner actions must match the 
actions of your fulfilled desire. Expectancy and 
desire must become one. Your outer world is only 
actualized inner movement. Through ignorance of 


Awakened Imagination 

the law of revision those who take to warfare are 
perpetually defeated. 

Only concepts that idealize depict the truth. 

Your ideal of man is his truest self. It is because 
I firmly believe that whatever is most profoundly 
imaginative is, in reality, most directly practical 
that I ask you to live imaginatively and to think 
into, and to personally appropriate, the transcen- 
dent saying “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” 

Don’t blame; only resolve. It is not man and the 
earth at their loveliest, but you practicing the art 
of revision make paradise. The evidence of this 
truth can lie only in your own experience of it. Try 
revising the day. It is to the pruning shears of revi- 
sion that we owe our prime fruit. 

Chapter Five 


“Does a firm persuasion that a thing is so, 
make it so?” And the prophet replied “All 
poets believe that it does. And in ages of 
imagination this firm persuasion removed 
mountains: but many are not capable of 
a firm persuasion of anything.” 

Blake, Marriage of 
Heaven and Hell 

Let every man be fully persuaded in his 
own mind. 

Romans 14:5 

P ersuasion is an inner effort of intense atten- 
tion. To listen attentively as though you heard 
is to evoke, to activate. By listening, you can hear 
what you want to hear and persuade those beyond 
the range of the outer ear. Speak it inwardly in your 
imagination only. Make your inner conversation 


Awakened Imagination 

match your fulfilled desire. What you desire to hear 
without, you must hear within. Embrace the with- 
out within and become one who hears only that 
which implies the fulfillment of his desire, and all 
the external happenings in the world will become 
a bridge leading to the objective realization of your 

Your inner speech is perpetually written all 
around you in happenings. Learn to relate these 
happenings to your inner speech and you will 
become self-taught. By inner speech is meant those 
mental conversations which you carry on with your- 
self. They may be inaudible when you are awake 
because of the noise and distractions of the outer 
world of becoming, but they are quite audible in 
deep meditation and dream. But whether they be 
audible or inaudible, you are their author and 
fashion your world in their likeness. 

There is a God in heaven [and heaven is 
within you] that revealeth secrets, and 
maketh known to the king Nebuchadnez- 
zar what shall be in the latter days. Thy 
dream, and the visions of thy head upon 
thy bed, are these. 

Daniel 2:28 

Inner speech from premises of fulfilled desire is the 
way to create an intelligible world for yourself. 

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Observe your inner speech for it is the cause of 
future action. Inner speech reveals the state of 
consciousness from which you view the world. Make 
your inner speech match your fulfilled desire, for 
your inner speech is manifested all around you in 

If any man offend not in word, the same 
is a perfect man and able also to bridle the 
whole body. Behold, we put bits in the 
horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; 
and we turn about their whole body. 
Behold also the ships, which though they 
be so great, and are driven by fierce 
winds, yet are they turned about with a 
very small helm, whithersoever the gover- 
nor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little 
member, and boasteth great things. 
Behold, how great a matter a little fire 

James 3:2-5 

The whole manifested world goes to show us what 
use we have made of the Word — Inner Speech. An 
uncritical observation of our inner talking will re- 
veal to us the ideas from which we view the world. 
Inner talking mirrors our imagination, and our 
imagination mirrors the state with which it is fused. 
If the state with which we are fused is the cause of 


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the phenomenon of our life, then we are relieved of 
the burden of wondering what to do, for we have 
no alternative but to identify ourselves with our 
aim; and inasmuch as the state with which we are 
identified mirrors itself in our inner speech, then to 
change the state with which we are fused, we must 
first change our inner talking. It is our inner con- 
versations which make tomorrow s facts. 

Put off the former conversation, the old 
man, which is corrupt . . . and be renewed 
in the spirit of your mind . . . put on 
the new man, which is created in righ- 

Ephesians 4:22-24 

Our minds, like our stomachs, are whet- 
ted by change of food. 


Stop all of the old mechanical negative inner 
talking and start a new positive and constructive 
inner speech from premises of fulfilled desire. Inner 
talking is the beginning, the sowing of the seeds of 
future action. To determine the action, you must 
consciously initiate and control your inner talking. 
Construct a sentence which implies the fulfillment 
of your aim, such as “I have a large, steady, de- 
pendable income, consistent with integrity and mu- 

tual benefit,” or “I am happily married,” “I am 
wanted,” “I am contributing to the good of the 
world,” and repeat such a sentence over and over 
until you are inwardly affected by it. Our inner 
speech represents in various ways the world we live 

In the beginning was the Word. 

John 1:1 

That which ye sow ye reap. See yonder 
fields! The sesamum was sesamum, the 
corn was corn. The Silence and the Dark- 
ness knew! So is a man’s fate born. 

The Light of Asia 

Ends run true to origins. 

Those that go searching for love only 
make manifest their own lovelessness. And 
the loveless never find love, only the lov- 
ing find love, and they never have to seek 
for it. 

D. H. Lawrence 

Man attracts what he is. The art of life is to sustain 
the feeling of the wish fulfilled and let things come 
to you, not to go after them or think they flee away. 
Observe your inner talking and remember your 


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aim. Do they match? Does your inner talking 
match what you would say audibly had you 
achieved your goal? The individual’s inner speech 
and actions attract the conditions of his life. 
Through uncritical self-observation of your inner 
talking you find where you are in the inner world, 
and where you are in the inner world is what you 
are in the outer world. You put on the new man 
whenever ideals and inner speech match. In this 
way alone can the new man be born. 

Inner talking matures in the dark. From the dark 
it issues into the light. The right inner speech is the 
speech that would be yours were you to realize your 
ideal. In other words, it is the speech of fulfilled 

“I am that.” 

There are two gifts which God has be- 
stowed upon man alone, and on no other 
mortal creature. These two are mind and 
speech; and the gift of mind and speech 
is equivalent to that of immortality. If a 
man uses these two gifts rightly, he will 
differ in nothing from the immortals . . . 
and when he quits the body, mind and 
speech will be his guides, and by them 
he will be brought into the troop of the 

gods and the souls that have attained to 

Hermetica, Walter Scott’s translation 

The circumstances and conditions of life are 
outpictured inner talking, solidified sound. Inner 
speech calls events into existence. In every event is 
the creative sound that is its life and being. All that 
a man believes and consents to as true reveals itself 
in his inner speech. It is his Word, his life. 

Try to notice what you are saying in yourself at 
this moment, to what thoughts and feelings you are 
consenting. They will be perfectly woven into your 
tapestry of life. To change your life you must 
change your inner talking, for “life,” said Hermes, 
“is the union of Word and Mind.” When imagina- 
tion matches your inner speech to fulfilled desire, 
there will then be a straight path in yourself from 
within out, and the without will instantly reflect the 
within for you, and you will know reality is only 
actualized inner talking. 

Receive with meekness the inborn Word 
which is able to save your souls. 

James 1:21 

Every stage of man’s progress is made by the con- 
scious exercise of his imagination matching his 

52 Awakened Imagination 

inner speech to his fulfilled desire. Because man 
does not perfectly match them the results are un- 
certain, while they might be perfectly certain. Per- 
sistent assumption of the wish fulfilled is the means 
of fulfilling the intention. As we control our inner 
talking, matching it to our fulfilled desires, we can 
lay aside all other processes. Then we simply act by 
clear imagination and intention. We imagine the 
wish fulfilled and carry on mental conversations 
from that premise. 

Through controlled inner talking from premises 
of fulfilled desire, seeming miracles are performed. 
The future becomes the present and reveals itself 
in our inner speech. To be held by the inner speech 
of fulfilled desire is to be safely anchored in life. 
Our lives may seem to be broken by events, but they 
are never broken so long as we retain the inner 
speech of fulfilled desire. All happiness depends on 
the active voluntary use of imagination to construct 
and inwardly affirm that we are what we want to 
be. We match ourselves to our ideals by constantly 
remembering our aim and identifying ourselves 
with it. We fuse with our aims by frequently 
occupying the feeling of our wish fulfilled. It is the 
frequency, the habitual occupancy, that is the 
secret of success. The oftener we do it, the more 
natural it is. Fancy assembles. Continuous imagi- 
nation fuses. 

It is possible to resolve every situation by the 

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proper use of imagination. Our task is to get the 
right sentence, the one which implies that our 
desire is realized, and fire the imagination with it. 
All this is intimately connected with the mystery of 
“the still small voice.” 

Inner talking reveals the activities of imagina- 
tion, activities which are the causes of the circum- 
stances of life. As a rule, man is totally unaware of 
his inner talking and therefore sees himself not as 
the cause but the victim of circumstance. To con- 
sciously create circumstance, man must consciously 
direct his inner speech, matching “the still small 
voice” to his fulfilled desires. 

He calls things not seen as though they 

Romans 4:17 

Right inner speech is essential. It is the greatest of 
the arts. It is the way out of limitation into free- 
dom. Ignorance of this art has made the world a 
battlefield and penitentiary where blood and sweat 
alone are expected, when it should be a place of 
marvelling and wondering. Right inner talking is 
the first step to becoming what you want to be. 

Speech is an image of mind, and mind is 
an image of God. 

Hermetica, Scott translation 


Awakened Imagination 

On the morning of April 12, 1953, my wife was 
awakened by the sound of a great voice of authority 
speaking within her and saying, “You must stop 
spending your thoughts, time, and money. Every- 
thing in life must be an investment. 

To spend is to waste, to squander, to lay out 
without return. To invest is to lay out for a purpose 
from which a profit is expected. This revelation of 
my wife is about the importance of the moment. It 
is about the transformation of the moment. What 
we desire does not lie in the future but in ourselves 
at this very moment. At any moment in our lives we 
are faced with an infinite choice: “what we are and 
what we want to be.” And what we want to be is 
already existent, but to realize it we must match 
our inner speech and actions to it. 

If two of you shall agree on earth as touch- 
ing anything that they shall ask, it shall be 
done for them of my Father which is in 

Matthew 18:19 

It is only what is done now that counts. The present 
moment does not recede into the past. It advances 
into the future to confront us, spent or invested. 
Thought is the coin of heaven. Money is its earthly 
symbol. Every moment must be invested, and our 

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inner talking reveals whether we are spending or 
investing. Be more interested in what you are 
inwardly “saying now” than what you have “said” 
by choosing wisely what you think and what you 
feel now. 

Any time we feel misunderstood, misused, 
neglected, suspicious, afraid, we are spending our 
thoughts and wasting our time. Whenever we 
assume the feeling of being what we want to be, we 
are investing. We cannot abandon the moment to 
negative inner talking and expect to retain com- 
mand of life. Before us go the results of all that 
seemingly is behind. Not gone is the last moment 
— but oncoming. 

My word shall not return unto me void, 
but it shall accomplish that which I 
please, and it shall prosper in the thing 
whereto I sent it. 

Isaiah 55:11 

The circumstances of life are the muffled utter- 
ances of the inner talking that made them — the 
word made visible. 

“The Word,” said Hermes, “is Son, and 
the Mind is Father of the Word. They are 


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not separate one from the other; for life is 
the union of Word and Mind.” 

He willed us forth from Himself by the 
Word of truth. 

James 1:18 

Let us 

be imitators of God as dear children 

Ephesians 5:1 

and use our inner speech wisely to mould an outer 
world in harmony with our ideal. 

The Lord spake by me, and his Word was 
in my tongue. 

2 Samuel 23:2 

The mouth of God is the mind of man. Feed God 
only the best. 

Whatsoever things are of good report . . . 
think on these things. 

Philippians 4:8 

The present moment is always precisely right for an 
investment, to inwardly speak the right word. 

The Coin of Heaven 


The word is very near to you, in your 
mouth, and in your heart, that you may 
do it. See, I have set before you this day 
life and good, death and evil, blessings 
and cursings. Choose life. 

Deuteronomy 30: 14, 15, 19 

You choose life and good and blessings by being 
that which you choose. Like is known to like alone. 
Make your inner speech bless and give good 
reports. Man’s ignorance of the future is the result 
of his ignorance of his inner talking. His inner talk- 
ing mirrors his imagination, and his imagination is 
a government in which the opposition never comes 
into power. 

If the reader ask, “What if the inner speech 
remains subjective and is unable to find an object 
for its love?” the answer is: it will not remain sub- 
jective, for the very simple reason that inner speech 
is always objectifying itself. What frustrates and 
festers and becomes the disease that afflicts human- 
ity is man’s ignorance of the art of matching inner 
words to fulfilled desire. Inner speech mirrors 
imagination, and imagination is Christ. 

Alter your inner speech, and your perceptual 
world changes. Whenever inner speech and desire 
are in conflict, inner speech invariably wins. 
Because inner speech objectifies itself, it is easy to 


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see that if it matches desire, desire will be objec- 
tively realized. Were this not so, I would say with 

Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than 
nurse unacted desires. 

But I know from experience 

The tongue . . . setteth on fire the course 
of nature. 

James 3:6 

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. . . Rivers, Mountains, Cities, Villages, 

All are Human, & when you enter into 
their Bosoms you walk 
In Heavens & Earths, as in your own 
Bosom you bear your Heaven 
And Earth & all you behold; tho’ it 
appears Without, it is Within, 

In your Imagination, of which this World 
of Mortality is but a Shadow. 

Blake, Jerusalem 

T he inner world was as real to Blake as the 
outer land of waking life. He looked upon his 
dreams and visions as the realities of the forms of 
nature. Blake reduced everything to the bedrock of 
his own consciousness. 

The Kingdom of Heaven is within you. 

Luke 17:21 


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The Real Man, the Imaginative Man, has in- 
vested the outer world with all of its properties. 
The apparent reality of the outer world which is so 
hard to dissolve is only proof of the absolute real- 
ity of the inner world of his own imagination. 

No man can come to me, except the 

Father which hath sent me draw him: . . . 

I and my Father are one. 

John 6:44; 10:30 

The world which is described from observation 
is a manifestation of the mental activity of the 
observer. When man discovers that his world is his 
own mental activity made visible, that no man can 
come unto him except he draws him, and that 
there is no one to change but himself, his own 
imaginative self, his first impulse is to reshape the 
world in the image of his ideal. But his ideal is not 
so easily incarnated. In that moment when he 
ceases to conform to external discipline, he must 
impose upon himself a far more rigorous discipline, 
the self-discipline upon which the realization of his 
ideal depends. 

Imagination is not entirely untrammelled and 
free to move at will without any rules to constrain 
it. In fact, the contrary is true. Imagination travels 
according to habit. Imagination has choice, but it 

It Is Within 


chooses according to habit. Awake or asleep, man’s 
imagination is constrained to follow certain definite 
patterns. It is this benumbing influence of habit 
that man must change; if he does not, his dreams 
will fade under the paralysis of custom. 

Imagination, which is Christ in man, is not sub- 
ject to the necessity to produce only that which is 
perfect and good. It exercises its absolute freedom 
from necessity by endowing the outer physical self 
with free will to choose to follow good or evil, order 
or disorder. 

Choose this day whom ye will serve. 

Joshua 24:15 

But after the choice is made and accepted so that 
it forms the individual’s habitual consciousness, 
then imagination manifests its infinite power and 
wisdom by moulding the outer sensuous world of 
becoming in the image of the habitual inner speech 
and actions of the individual. 

To realize his ideal, man must first change the 
pattern which his imagination has followed. 
Habitual thought is indicative of character. The 
way to change the outer world is to make the inner 
speech and action match the outer speech and 
action of fulfilled desire. 

Our ideals are waiting to be incarnated, but 


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unless we ourselves match our inner speech and 
action to the speech and action of fulfilled desire, 
they are incapable of birth. Inner speech and ac- 
tion are the channels of God’s action. He cannot 
respond to our prayer unless these paths are of- 
fered. The outer behaviour of man is mechanical. 
It is subject to the compulsion applied to it by the 
behaviour of the inner self, and old habits of the 
inner self hang on till replaced by new ones. It is a 
peculiar property of the second or inner man that 
he gives to the outer self something similar to his 
own reality of being. Any change in the behaviour 
of the inner self will result in corresponding outer 

The mystic calls a change of consciousness 
“death.” By death he means, not the destruction of 
imagination and the state with which it was fused, 
but the dissolution of their union. Fusion is union 
rather than oneness. Thus the conditions to which 
that union gave being vanish. “I die daily,” said 
Paul to the Corinthians. Blake said to his friend 
Crabbe Robinson: 

There is nothing like death. Death is the 
best thing that can happen in life; but 
most people die so late and take such an 
unmerciful time in dying. God knows, 

It Is Within 


their neighbors never see them rise from 
the dead. 

To the outer man of sense, who knows nothing of 
the inner man of Being, this is sheer nonsense. But 
Blake made the above quite clear when he wrote in 
the year before he died: 

William Blake — one who is very much 
delighted with being in good company. 
Born 28 November 1757 in London and 
has died several times since. 

When man has the sense of Christ as his imagi- 
nation, he sees why Christ must die and rise again 
from the dead to save man — why he must detach 
his imagination from his present state and match 
it to a higher concept of himself if he would rise 
above his present limitations and thereby save 

Here is a lovely story of a mystical death which 
was witnessed by a “neighbor.” “Last week,” writes 
the one “who rose from the dead,” “a friend offered 
me her home in the mountains for the Christmas 
holidays as she thought she might go east. She said 
that she would let me know this week. We had a 
very pleasant conversation and I mentioned you 


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and your teaching in connection with a discussion 
of Dunne’s ‘Experiment With Time’ which she had 
been reading. 

“Her letter arrived Monday. As I picked it up I 
had a sudden sense of depression. However, when 
I read it she said I could have the house and told 
me where to get the keys. Instead of being cheer- 
ful I grew still more depressed, so much so I 
decided there must have been something between 
the lines which I was getting untuitively. I unfolded 
the letter and read the first page through and as I 
turned to the second page, I noticed she had writ- 
ten a postscript on the back of the first sheet. It 
consisted of an extremely blunt and heavy-handed 
description of an unlovely trait in my character 
which I had struggled for years to overcome, and 
for the past two years I thought I had succeeded. 
Yet here it was again, described with clinical ex- 

“I was stunned and desolated. I thought to 
myself, ‘What is this letter trying to tell me? In the 
first place she invited me to use her house as I have 
been seeing myself in some lovely home during the 
holidays. In the second place, nothing comes to me 
except I draw it. And thirdly I have been hearing 
nothing but good news. So the obvious conclusion 
is that something in me corresponds to this letter 
and no matter what it looks like it is good news.’ 

It Is Within 


“I reread the letter and as I did so I asked, ‘What 
is there here for me to see?’ And then I saw. It 
started out ‘After our conversation of last week I 
feel I can tell you . . .’ and the rest of the page was 
as studded with ‘weres’ and ‘wases’ as currants in a 
seed cake. A great feeling of elation swept over me. 
It was all in the past. The thing I had labored so 
long to correct was done. I suddenly realized that 
my friend was a witness to my resurrection. I 
whirled around the studio chanting ‘It’s all in the 
past! It is done. Thank you, it is done!’ I gathered 
all my gratitude up in a big ball of light and shot 
it straight to you and if you saw a flash of lightning 
Monday evening shortly after six your time, that 
was it. 

“Now, instead of writing a polite letter because 
it is the correct thing to do, I can write giving sin- 
cere thanks for her frankness and thanking her for 
the loan of her house. Thank you so much for your 
teaching which has made my beloved imagination 
truly my Saviour.” 

And now, if any man shall say unto her 

Lo, here is Christ, or there, 

she will believe it not, for she knows that the King- 
dom of God is within her and that she herself must 
assume full responsibility for the incarnation of her 


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ideal and that nothing but death and resurrection 
will bring her to it. She has found her Saviour, her 
beloved Imagination, forever expanding in the 
bosom of God. 

There is only one reality, and that is Christ — 
Human Imagination, the inheritance and final 
achievement of the whole of Humanity 

That we . . . speaking the truth in love, 
may grow up into him in all things, which 
is the head, even Christ. 

Ephesians 4:14, 15 

Chapter Seven 


I am the beginning and the end, there is 
nothing to come that has not been, and is. 

Ecclesiastes 3:15 ERV 

B lake saw all possible human situations as 
“already-made” states. He saw every aspect, 
every plot and drama as already worked out as 
“mere possibilities” as long as we are not in them, 
but as overpowering realities when we are in them. 
He described these states as “Sculptures of Los’s 

Distinguish therefore states from Indi- 
viduals in those States. States change but 
Individual Identities never change nor 
cease. . . . The Imagination is not a State. 

Said Blake, 


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Creation Is Finished 


It is the Human Existence itself. Affection 
or Love becomes a State when divided 
from imagination. 

Just how important this is to remember is almost 
impossible to say, but the moment the individual 
realizes this for the first time is the most momentous 
in his life, and to be encouraged to feel this is the 
highest form of encouragement it is possible to give. 

This truth is common to all men, but the con- 
sciousness of it — and much more, the self-con- 
sciousness of it — is another matter. 

The day I realized this great truth — that every- 
thing in my world is a manifestation of the mental 
activity which goes on within me, and that the con- 
ditions and circumstances of my life only reflect the 
state of consciousness with which I am fused — is the 
most momentous in my life. But the experience 
that brought me to this certainty is so remote from 
ordinary existence I have long hesitated to tell it, 
for my reason refused to admit the conclusions to 
which the experience impelled me. Nevertheless, 
this experience revealed to me that I am supreme 
within the circle of my own state of consciousness 
and that it is the state with which I am identified 
that determines what I experience. Therefore it 
should be shared with all, for to know this is to 

become free from the world’s greatest tyranny, the 
belief in a second cause. 

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they 

shall see God. 

Matthew 5:8 

Blessed are they whose imagination has been so 
purged of the beliefs in second causes they know 
that imagination is all, and all is imagination. 

One day I quietly slipped from my apartment in 
New York City into some remote yesteryear’s coun- 
tryside. As I entered the dining room of a large inn, 
I became fully conscious. I knew that my physical 
body was immobilized on my bed back in New 
York City. Yet here I was as awake and as conscious 
as I have ever been. I intuitively knew that if I could 
stop the activity of my mind, everything before me 
would freeze. No sooner was the thought born than 
the urge to try it possessed me. I felt my head 
tighten, then thicken to a stillness. My attention 
concentrated into a crystal-clear focus, and the 
waitress walking, walked not. And I looked through 
the window and the leaves falling, fell not. And the 
family of four eating, ate not. And they lifting the 
food, lifted it not. Then my attention relaxed, the 
tightness eased, and of a sudden all moved onward 



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in their course. The leaves fell, the waitress walked, 
and the family ate. Then I understood Blake’s 
vision of the “Sculptures of Los’s Halls.” 

I sent you to reap that whereon ye be- 
stowed no labor. 

John 4:38 

Creation is finished. 

I am the beginning and the end, there is 
nothing to come that has not been, and is. 

Ecclesiastes 3:15, ERV 

The world of creation is finished and its original is 
within us. We saw it before we set forth, and have 
since been trying to remember it and to activate 
sections of it. There are infinite views of it. Our task 
is to get the right view and by determined direction 
of our attention make it pass in procession before 
the inner eye. If we assemble the right sequence 
and experience it in imagination until it has the 
tone of reality, then we consciously create circum- 
stances. This inner procession is the activity of 
imagination that must be consciously directed. We, 
by a series of mental transformations, become 
aware of increasing portions of that which already 
is, and by matching our own mental activity to that 

Creation Is Finished 

portion of creation which we desire to experience, 
we activate it, resurrect it, and give it life. 

This experience of mine not only shows the world 
as a manifestation of the mental activity of the 
individual observer, but it also reveals our course 
of time as jumps of attention between eternal 
moments. An infinite abyss separates any two 
moments of ours. We, by the movements of our 
attention, give life to the “Sculptures of Los’s 

Think of the world as containing an infinite 
number of states of consciousness from which it 
could be viewed. Think of these states as rooms or 
mansions in the House of God, and like the rooms 
of any house they are fixed relative to one another. 
But think of yourself, the Real Self, the Imagina- 
tive You, as the living, moving occupant of God’s 
House. Each room contains some of Los’s Sculp- 
tures, with infinite plots and dramas and situations 
already worked out but not activated. They are 
activated as soon as Human Imagination enters 
and fuses with them. Each represents certain mem- 
tal and emotional activities. To enter a state, man 
must consent to the ideas and feelings which it 
represents. These states represent an infinite num- 
ber of possible mental transformations which man 
can experience. To move into another state or 
mansion necessitates a change of beliefs. All that 


72 Awakened Imagination 

you could ever desire is already present and only 
waits to be matched by your beliefs. But it must be 
matched, for that is the necessary condition by 
which alone it can be activated and objectified. 
Matching the beliefs of a state is the seeking that 
finds, the knocking to which it is opened, the ask- 
ing that receives. Go in and possess the land. 

The moment man matches the beliefs of any 
state he fuses with it, and this union results in the 
activation and projection of its plots, plans, 
dramas, and situations. It becomes the individ- 
ual’s home from which he views the world. It is 
his workshop, and, if he is observant, he will see 
outer reality shaping itself upon the model of his 

It is for this purpose of training us in image- 
making that we were made subject to the limita- 
tions of the senses and clothed in bodies of flesh. It 
is the awakening of the imagination, the returning 
of His Son, that our Father waits for. 

The creature was made subject to vanity 
not willingly but by reason of Him who 
subjected it. 

Romans 8:20 

But the victory of the Son, the return of the prod- 
igal, assures us that 

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the creature shall be delivered from the 
bondage of corruption into the glorious 
liberty of the Sons of God. 

Romans 8:21 

We were subjected to this biological experience 
because no one can know of imagination who has 
not been subjected to the vanities and limitations 
of the flesh, who has not taken his share of Sonship 
and gone prodigal, who has not experimented and 
tasted this cup of experience; and confusion will 
continue until man awakes and a fundamentally 
imaginative view of life has been reestablished and 
acknowledged as basic. 

I should preach . . . the unsearchable 
riches of Christ and make all men see 
what is the fellowship of the mystery, 
which from the beginning of the world has 
been hid in God, who created all things by 
Jesus Christ. 

Ephesians 3:8, 9 

Bear in mind that Christ in you is your imagi- 

As the appearance of our world is determined by 
the particular state with which we are fused, so may 
we determine our fate as individuals by fusing our 


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Creation Is Finished 


imaginations with ideals we seek to realize. On the 
distinction between our states of consciousness 
depends the distinction between the circumstances 
and conditions of our lives. Man, who is free in his 
choice of state, often cries out to be saved from the 
state of his choice. 

And ye shall cry out in that day because of 
your king which ye shall have chosen you; 
and the Lord will not hear you in that 
day. Nevertheless the people refused to 
obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, 

Nay; but we will have a king over us. 

1 Samuel 8:18, 19 

Choose wisely the state that you will serve. All states 
are lifeless until imagination fuses with them. 

All things when they are admitted are 
made manifest by the light: for everything 
that is made manifest is light. 

Ephesians 5:13 


Ye are the light of the world, 

Matthew 5:14 

by which those ideas to which you have consented 
are made manifest. 

Hold fast to your ideal. Nothing can take it from 
you but your imagination. Don’t think of your 
ideal, think/rom it. It is only the ideals from which 
you think that are ever realized. 

Man lives not by bread alone, but by every 
word that proceeds out of the mouth of 

Matthew 4:4 

and “the mouth of God” is the mind of man. 

Become a drinker and an eater of the ideals you 
wish to realize. Have a set, definite aim or your 
mind will wander, and wandering it eats every 
negative suggestion. If you live right mentally, 
everything else will be right. By a change of men- 
tal diet you can alter the course of observed events. 
But unless there is a change of mental diet, your 
personal history remains the same. You illuminate 
or darken your life by the ideas to which you con- 
sent. Nothing is more important to you than the 
ideas on which you feed. And you feed on the ideas 
from which you think. If you find the world 
unchanged, it is a sure sign that you are wanting in 
fidelity to the new mental diet, which you neglect 



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Creation Is Finished 


in order to condemn your environment. You are in 
need of a new and sustained attitude. You can be 
anything you please if you will make the conception 
habitual, for any idea which excludes all others 
from the field of attention discharges in action. 
The ideas and moods to which you constantly 
return define the state with which you are fused. 
Therefore train yourself to occupy more frequently 
the feeling of your wish fulfilled. This is creative 
magic. It is the way to work toward fusion with the 
desired state. 

If you would assume the feeling of your wish ful- 
filled more frequently, you would be master of your 
fate, but unfortunately you shut out your assump- 
tion for all but the occasional hour. Practice mak- 
ing real to yourself the feeling of the wish fulfilled. 
After you have assumed the feeling of the wish ful- 
filled, do not close the experience as you would a 
book, but carry it around like a fragrant odor. 
Instead of being completely forgotten, let it remain 
in the atmosphere communicating its influence 
automatically to your actions and reactions. A 
mood, often repeated, gains a momentum that is 
hard to break or check. So be careful of the feelings 
you entertain. Habitual moods reveal the state with 
which you are fused. 

It is always possible to pass from thinking of the 
end you desire to realize, to thinking/rom the end. 

But the crucial matter is thinking/rom the end, for 
thinking/rom means unification or fusion with the 
idea: whereas in thinking of the end there is always 
subject and object — the thinking individual and 
the thing thought. You must imagine yourself into 
the state of your wish fulfilled, in your love for that 
state, and in so doing live and think from it and no 
more of it. You pass from thinking of to thinking 
from by centering your imagination in the feeling 
of the wish fulfilled. 

Chapter Eight 


What think ye of the Christ? Whose Son is 

Matthew 22:42 

W hen this question is asked of you, let your 
answer be, “Christ is my imagination,” and, 
though I 

See not yet all things put under him, 

Hebrews 2:8 

yet I know that I am Mary from whom sooner or 
later He shall be born, and eventually 

Do all things through Christ. 

The birth of Christ is the awakening of the inner 
or Second man. It is becoming conscious of the 


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The Apple of God’s Eye 


mental activity within oneself, which activity con- 
tinues whether we are conscious of it or not. 

The birth of Christ does not bring any person 
from a distance, or make anything to be that was 
not there before. It is the unveiling of the Son of 
God in man. The Lord “cometh in clouds” is the 
prophet’s description of the pulsating rings of 
golden liquid light on the head of him in whom He 
awakes. The coming is from within and not from 
without, as Christ is in us. 

This great mystery 

God was manifest in the flesh 

begins with Advent, and it is appropriate that the 
cleansing of the Temple, 

Which temple ye are, 

1 Corinthians 3:17 

stands in the forefront of the Christian mysteries. 

The Kingdom of Heaven is within you. 

Luke 17:21 

Advent is unveiling the mystery of your being. If 
you will practice the art of revision by a life lived 
according to the wise, imaginative use of your inner 

speech and inner actions, in confidence that by the 
conscious use of “the power that worketh in us,” 
Christ will awake in you; if you believe it, trust it, 
act upon it; Christ will awake in you. This is 

Great is the mystery, God was manifest in 
the flesh. 

1 Timothy 3:16 

From Advent on, 

He that toucheth you toucheth the apple 
of God’s eye. 

Zechariah 2:8 



To Victoria 

the fulfillment of a dream 


O nce in an idle interval at sea, I meditated on 
“the perfect state,” and wondered what I 
would be, were I of too pure eyes to behold iniq- 
uity, if to me all things were pure and were I 
without condemnation. As I became lost in this 
fiery brooding, I found myself lifted above the dark 
environment of the senses. So intense was the feel- 
ing, I felt myself a being of fire dwelling in a body 
of air. Voices as from a heavenly chorus, with the 
exaltation of those who had been conquerors in a 
conflict with death, were singing “He is risen — He 
is risen,” and intuitively I knew they meant me. 

Then I seemed to be walking in the night. I soon 
came upon a scene that might have been the 
ancient Pool of Bethesda, for in this place lay a 
great multitude of impotent folk — blind, halt, 
withered — waiting not for the moving of the water 
as of tradition, but waiting for me. As I came near, 
without thought or effort on my part they were, 


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The Search 


one after the other, molded as by the Magician of 
the Beautiful. Eyes, hands, feet — all missing mem- 
bers— were drawn from some invisible reservoir and 
molded in harmony with that perfection which I 
felt springing within me. When all were made per- 
fect, the chorus exulted “It is finished.” Then the 
scene dissolved and I awoke. 

I know this vision was the result of my intense 
meditation upon the idea of perfection, for my 
meditations invariably bring about union with the 
state contemplated. I had been so completely ab- 
sorbed within the idea that for a while I had 
become what I contemplated, and the high pur- 
pose with which I had for that moment identified 
myself drew the companionship of high things and 
fashioned the vision in harmony with my inner 
nature. The ideal with which we are united works 
by association of ideas to awaken a thousand moods 
to create a drama in keeping with the central idea. 

I first discovered this close relationship of moods 
to vision when I was aged about seven. I became 
aware of a mysterious life quickening within me like 
a stormy ocean of frightening might. I always knew 
when I would be united with this hidden identity, 
for my senses were expectant on the nights of these 
visitations and I knew beyond all doubt that before 
morning I would be alone with immensity. I so 
dreaded these visitations that I would lie awake 

until my eyes from sheer exhaustion closed. As my 
eyes closed in sleep, I was no longer solitary but 
smitten through and through with another being, 
and yet I knew it to be myself. It seemed older than 
life, yet nearer to me than my boyhood. If I tell 
what I discovered on these nights, I do so not to 
impose my ideas on others but that I may give hope 
to those who seek the law of life. 

I discovered that my expectant mood worked as 
a magnet to unite me with this Greater Me, while 
my fears made It appear as a stormy sea. As a boy, 
I conceived of this mysterious self as might, and in 
my union with It I felt its majesty as a stormy sea 
which drenched me, then rolled and tossed me as 
a helpless wave. 

As a man I conceived of It as love and myself the 
son of It, and in my union with It, now, what a love 
enfolds me! It is a mirror to all. Whatever we con- 
ceive It as being, that It is to us. I believe It to be 
the center through which all the threads of the 
universe are drawn; therefore I have altered my 
values and changed my ideas so that they now 
depend upon and are in harmony with this sole 
cause of all that is. It is to me that changeless real- 
ity which fashions circumstances in harmony with 
our concepts of ourselves. 

My mystical experiences have convinced me that 
there is no way to bring about the outer perfection 


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The Search 


we seek other than by the transformation of our- 
selves. As soon as we succeed in transforming our- 
selves, the world will melt magically before our eyes 
and reshape itself in harmony with that which our 
transformation affirms. 

Two other visions I will tell because they bear out 
the truth of my assertion that we, by intensity of 
love and hate, become what we contemplate. 

Once, with closed eyes made radiant from 
brooding, I meditated on the eternal question, 
“Who Am I?” and felt myself gradually dissolve 
into a shoreless sea of vibrant light, imagination 
passing beyond all fear of death. In this state noth- 
ing existed but myself, a boundless ocean of liquid 
light. Never have I felt more intimate with Being. 
How long this experience lasted I do not know, but 
my return to earth was accompanied by a distinct 
feeling of crystallizing again into human shape. 

At another time, I lay on my bed and with my 
eyes shut as in sleep I brooded on the mystery of 
Buddha. In a little while the dark caverns of my 
brain began to grow luminous. I seemed to be sur- 
rounded by luminous clouds which emanated from 
my head as fiery, pulsating rings. I saw nothing but 
these luminous rings for a time. Then there ap- 
peared before my eyes a rock of quartz crystal. 
While I gazed upon it, the crystal broke into pieces 

which invisible hands quickly shaped into the liv- 
ing Buddha. As I looked on this meditative figure, 
I saw that it was myself. I was the living Buddha 
whom I contemplated. A light like the sun glowed 
from this living image of myself with increasing 
intensity until it exploded. Then the light gradu- 
ally faded and once more I was back within the 
blackness of my room. 

Out of what sphere or treasury of design came 
this being mightier than human, his garments, the 
crystal, the light? If I saw, heard, and moved in a 
world of real beings when I seemed to myself to be 
walking in the night, when the lame, the halt, the 
blind were transformed in harmony with my inner 
nature, then I am justified in assuming that I have 
a more subtile body than the physical, a body that 
can be detached from the physical and used in 
other spheres; for to see, to hear, to move are func- 
tions of an organism however ethereal. If I brood 
over the alternative that my psychic experiences 
were self-begotten fantasy, no less am I moved to 
wonder at this mightier self who flashes on my 
mind a drama as real as those I experience when I 
am fully awake. 

On these fiery meditations I have entered again 
and again, and I know beyond all doubt that both 
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earth is a body attuned to a world of light, and I 
have, by intense meditation, lifted it as with a mag- 
net through the skull of this dark house of flesh. 
The first time I awoke the fires within me I thought 
my head would explode. There was intense vibra- 
tion at the base of my skull, then sudden oblivion 
of all. Then I found myself clothed in a garment of 
light and attached by a silvery elastic cord to the 
slumbering body on the bed. So exalted were my 
feelings, I felt related to the stars. In this garment 
I roamed spheres more familiar than earth, but 
found that, as on earth, conditions were molded in 
harmony with my nature. “Self-begotten fantasy,” 
I hear you say. No more so than the things of earth. 
I am an immortal being conceiving myself as man 
and forming worlds in the likeness and image of my 
concept of self. 

What we imagine, that we are. By our imagina- 
tion we have created this dream of life, and by our 
imagination we will re-enter that eternal world of 
light, becoming that which we were before we 
imagined the world. In the divine economy noth- 
ing is lost. We cannot lose anything save by descent 
from the sphere where the thing has its natural life. 
There is no transforming power in death and, 
whether we are here or there, we fashion the world 
that surrounds us by the intensity of our imagina- 
tion and feeling, and we illuminate or darken our 

lives by the concepts we hold of ourselves. Nothing 
is more important to us than our conception of our- 
selves, and especially is this true of our concept of 
the deep, hidden One within us. 

Those that help or hinder us, whether they know 
it or not, are the servants of that law which shapes 
outward circumstances in harmony with our inner 
nature. It is our conception of ourselves which frees 
or constrains us, though it may use material agen- 
cies to achieve its purpose. 

Because life molds the outer world to reflect the 
inner arrangement of our minds, there is no way of 
bringing about the outer perfection we seek other 
than by the transformation of ourselves. No help 
cometh from without; the hills to which we lift our 
eyes are those of an inner range. It is thus to our 
own consciousness that we must turn as to the only 
reality, the only foundation on which all phenom- 
ena can be explained. We can rely absolutely on 
the justice of this law to give us only that which is 
of the nature of ourselves. 

To attempt to change the world before we 
change our concept of ourselves is to struggle 
against the nature of things. There can be no outer 
change until there is first an inner change. As 
within, so without. I am not advocating philosophi- 
cal indifference when I suggest that we should 
imagine ourselves as already that which we want to 


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be, living in a mental atmosphere of greatness, 
rather than using physical means and arguments to 
bring about the desired change. Everything we do, 
unaccompanied by a change of consciousness, is 
but futile readjustment of surfaces. However we toil 
or struggle, we can receive no more than our sub- 
conscious assumptions affirm. To protest against 
anything which happens to us is to protest against 
the law of our being and our rulership over our own 

The circumstances of my life are too closely 
related to my conception of myself not to have been 
launched by my own spirit from some magical 
storehouse of my being. If there is pain to me in 
these happenings, I should look within myself for 
the cause, for I am moved here and there and 
made to live in a world in harmony with my con- 
cept of myself. 

Intense meditation brings about a union with the 
state contemplated, and during this union we see 
visions, have experiences, and behave in keeping 
with our change of consciousness. This shows us 
that a transformation of consciousness will result in 
a change of environment and behavior. However, 
our ordinary alterations of consciousness, as we pass 
from one state to another, are not transformations, 
because each of them is so rapidly succeeded by 
another in the reverse direction; but whenever one 

state grows so stable as to definitely expel its rivals, 
then that central habitual state defines the charac- 
ter and is a true transformation. To say that we are 
transformed means that ideas previously peripheral 
in our consciousness now take a central place and 
form the habitual center of our energy. 

All wars prove that violent emotions are ex- 
tremely potent in precipitating mental rearrange- 
ments. Every great conflict has been followed by an 
era of materialism and greed in which the ideals 
for which the conflict ostensibly was waged are 
submerged. This is inevitable because war evokes 
hate, which impels a descent in consciousness from 
the plane of the ideal to the level where the con- 
flict is waged. If we would become as emotionally 
aroused over our ideals as we become over our dis- 
likes, we would ascend to the plane of our ideals as 
easily as we now descend to the level of our hates. 

Love and hate have a magical transforming 
power, and we grow through their exercise into the 
likeness of what we contemplate. By intensity of 
hatred we create in ourselves the character we 
imagine in our enemies. Qualities die for want of 
attention, so the unlovely states might best be 
rubbed out by imagining “beauty for ashes and joy 
for mourning” rather than by direct attacks on the 
state from which we would be free. “Whatsoever 
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things,” for we become that with which we are en 

There is nothing to change but our concept of 
self. Humanity is a single being in spite of its many 
forms and faces, and there is in it only such seem- 
ing separation as we find in our own being when we 
are dreaming. The pictures and circumstances we 
see in dreams are creations of our own imagination 
and have no existence save in ourselves. The same 
is true of the pictures and circumstances we see in 
this dream of life. They reveal our concepts of our- 
selves. As soon as we succeed in transforming self, 
our world will dissolve and reshape itself in har- 
mony with that which our change affirms. 

The universe which we study with such care is a 
dream, and we the dreamers of the dream, eternal 
dreamers dreaming noneternal dreams. One day, 
like Nebuchadnezzar we shall awaken from the 
dream, from the nightmare in which we fought 
with demons, to find that we really never left our 
eternal home; that we were never born and have 
never died save in our dream.